Posts Tagged babywearing

I Love Being a Baby-wearing Mama

30 January 2011

Here’s a pic of me and my little one enjoying time together in my new Maya Wrap ring sling. We both love the warmth, security, togetherness, and freedom that it offers us.

I took up babywearing when my first son was born in 2007, but didn’t really understand all its benefits right away. I got a Moby Wrap and tried to wear the baby for the requisite 3 hours a day, but he still spent all too much time in his swing, pack-n-play, and stroller. As time went on, babywearing became a bigger part of my life as I realized what a beautiful bond is built when your baby goes through your day with you, experiencing life as you experience it. And how much easier it makes my life!

The Moby Wrap involved quite a bit of tying, which never got easier since the baby was so rapidly growing. It was a great carrier, but with this baby I knew I’d want something that I could pop the baby into a lot quicker. So I invested in a Maya Wrap ring sling. I do notice my back getting sore a little quicker than it did in the Moby, but the ease of use is incredible. And I can still wear Leif in it for a couple of hours before I really feel like I need to take him off me.

I’m happy to say that this time around I’m doing a lot more babywearing. This is not only because it’s something I believe in and enjoy, but also because of our circumstances. A year and a half ago we moved from our small one-bedroom apartment to a huge 4-bedroom home that we share with two of our closest friends. The Wahlquist Wing is upstairs, so I’m constantly battling the upstairs-downstairs problem and it’s just easier to wear the baby around the house, especially while he’s sleeping.

Soon we will start using our Ergo carrier, which I’m really excited about. I bought a new fancy cover for it so it looks all hip and trendy now! and clean… Here’s a funny babywearing anecdote: yesterday at church I saw a dad carrying his baby in a messenger bag. No joke. A messenger bag. Do with that what you will.

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Babywearing and Consumerism

18 March 2010

So babywearing has been in the news lately because of a recent recall that Infantino had to do after a baby died in one of their SlingRider baby slings. As an avid babywearer, I can’t resist the urge to rant a little on this topic. Babywearing is all about parent-child connection. The whole point of it is for baby and mother (or father) to be intimately connected, both physically and emotionally. The baby should be close and snug to the mother’s chest. Their breath and heartbeat starts to form a beautiful rhythm. She should ideally be able to breastfeed in the carrier. The mother should be able to FEEL her baby breathing at all times, even without looking or touching. That being said, if its done right, the mother will be compelled to look down at her child constantly and gaze into his beautiful face, talk to him, and place her hand on his back and feel him breathing. In other words, babywearing, when done right, automatically lends itself to constant monitoring– something not possible when baby is in a stroller or carseat.

If a carrier is made in such a way so that the mother can’t have this experience with her child, then what’s the point? If the mother wears her baby around her neck like a bag– like a burden– then that defeats the entire purpose of babywearing. Infantino obviously doesn’t get it! They not concerned with enhancing the parent-child bond. Their only interest is in selling products to a market that they see as ripe.

There are some extremists who would throw the baby out with the bathwater on this one (no pun intended) and would advocate against all slings. This is ridiculous. Babywearing is a safe and beautiful way for parents to bond with their child and a convenient way to make life easier for mom as well. Check out what Mothering has to say about it. Let’s just make sure that our motives for babywearing are right– this includes being educated about the reasons for babywearing and especially educated about the safety of carriers. It should be a conscious choice– not just another thing to throw on a baby registry. I never trusted Infantino products before this came out, and my suspicions have now been completely confirmed.